What Kind of Swat Date Are You?

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.

What kind of Swarthmore date are you?

1. You meet a really nice Swattie who has great chemistry with you. What do you do to pursue him/her?

2. Once you get your crush’s attention, where would you take him/her for your first date?

3. What do you like to wear on your Swarthmore dates?

4. What is your favorite bar at Sharples?

5. You are late for a hot date. What’s your excuse?

6. If you could add one more extracurricular activity, what would it be?

7. What’s your favorite study spot?

Your score:

If you scored 7-13, you don’t like to put much effort in your dates. You let them come to you. However, even if you are getting lots of weekend action, people may perceive you as a slacker. This image is particularly off-putting for future crushes and may hurt your reputation; perhaps an occasional affectionate text or Sharples date may win over him/her.

If you scored 14-20, you prefer to combine the two passions of your life: academics and love interests. An idea date for you is a study date in Cornell on a Saturday afternoon. However, while academics are indeed important in your life, it is important to not let them consume your personal life. If is important to balance out your academics with a health social life. For instance, the next time you ask your crush out on a study date, study in McCabe until 10PM on Thursday and take her out to Pub Nite afterwards.

If you scored 21-27, fun and casual is more your thing. Since college is about experience and having fun, why bother pursuing something serious and steady? You like to go out on weekends and have fun with your current ‘flava of the week’ (aka crush at the moment). Then again, so many hook-ups can lead to lots of awkward encounters at Sharples. To scale back, invest in some steady, consistent hook-up buddies instead of a different one each weekend.

If you scored 28-35, you are a great, typical boyfriend/girlfriend. You like to go out on romantic dates where you can enjoy the person’s company, gaze at her/his face in candlelight, and listen to his/her melodious voice. However, there can be an easy, subtle transition from typical and conventional to boring and monotonous. To avoid this slump, occasionally surprise your special person with fun interesting dates. Ideas include going to an arts festival in Philly, participate in a local political protest together, going to a local carnival or adventure park, or going out for adventurous outdoors activities.


  1. 23 here. Apparently I'm in the hook-up category.

    Uhm—one note for Angela … 7 questions * max per question of 4 = max possible points of 28. The scale goes up to 35. 😐

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